Lessons in water safety


Swimming and beach safety workshops are being held for multicultural children.
Swimming and beach safety workshops are being held for multicultural children.

The land and water-based education program stems from a coastal safety partnership between SLSWA and the City of Wanneroo.

Introduced last year following the drowning death of Merriwa boy Jenon Biwot (13) at Clayton’s Beach in 2013, the program will cover wave types, rip currents, sea creatures and the role of lifesavers.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said it was important to provide youth with the water safety skills to avoid a tragedy.

“Our coastline is a beautiful place to enjoy but the dangers of the ocean must be understood and respected,” she said.

“A large proportion of our residents are culturally and linguistically diverse with 40 per cent of the community born overseas and 15 per cent born in countries where English is not the first language.

“The City has a partnership with SLSWA to review coastal aquatic risk, safety signage and educate the community.”

The January 21 workshop will start at the Butler Community Centre from 9am before children, aged four to 17, are bussed to Alkimos for the beach sessions until 2pm.

On Friday, the first part of the session will be at the Hainsworth Community Centre in Girrawheen, followed by beach activities in Alkimos.

Children participating in either event should bring bathers, hats, towels, water bottles and a change of clothes.

Organisers will provide lunch and sunscreen.

To register, visit www.workplacelifesavers.com.au

For more call Keta Lemmon at SLSWA on 9207 6666.